Mistrial declared in murder case of Evon Young

CREATED Jun. 17, 2013

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  • Evon Young, 22, aka Yung LT, disappeared Jan. 2, and authorities have accused five men of beating, strangling and then burning the remains of the rapper. Image by Handout

MILWAUKEE - A mistrial has been declared in the murder of transgender rapper Evon Young.

Young's roommate, Billy Griffin, was charged along with four other people, in his murder. According to the Journal Sentinel, the jury in his case was unable to reach a verdict, and the judge called a mistrial. A new trial has been scheduled for Sept. 16.

Griffin and three other men were accused of beating and shooting Young, and getting rid of his body, which has never been found.

Two of the suspecs have already pleaded guilty in the homicide, and one of them testified in Griffin's trial that the roommate had only been involved in cleaning up after the murder.

"During the four-day trial last week, Griffin alleged that his roommate was his musical collaborator and best friend," according to the Journal Sentinel. "The prosecuting attorney, Assistant District Attorney Grant Huebner, argued that Griffin's false story after Young's disappearance — that his roommate had gotten into a car outside their home and simply never returned — called his allegiance to Young into question. Defense attorney Charles Glynn said his client feared gang reprisal."

Members of Young and Griffin's familiies were both in the courtroom during the trial.